July 8, 2010

{Our Cottage} Kitchen & Mud Room

Today's post is going to feature a little "before & after." Going through my old files, I found some good ones to remind me of how far we've come! Here is the kitchen back in the bachelor days. Some new appliances, paint, sheetrock, new trim, and painted wood floors later, I have been so happy with the result!

{Notice the single doorway into the kitchen from the dining, remember this for a post to come, we removed that wall!}

And off the kitchen, what used to be an under used porch. We created a mud room by removing the door between the kitchen and the porch. We then spruced it up with paint, a bench, shelves, & a $50 chandelier from Wal-mart.

What do you think? Our main goal was to open up the house as much as possible. It has been amazing how the mud room is now a usable space. Great place for doggie leashes, and a perfect eating spot! Also creates a more pleasant pass through for entertaining since this is the main exit to the deck. My tip, if you have a door that never gets used, i.e. closed, then take it out! Don't forget to patch the spots where the hinges were for a nice framed opening.


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